Toward a Natural History of Team Sports

  title={Toward a Natural History of Team Sports},
  author={Kevin M. Kniffin and Michelle Scalise Sugiyama},
  booktitle={Human nature},
Play and play fighting are human universals (Brown 1991:140), and certain types of play appear to recur across human cultures regardless of social or technological complexity (Cooper 1949; Culin 1907; Murdock 1945). Despite this, little attention has been paid to the question of whether these behaviors are adaptations or by-products. Do these behaviors develop spontaneously, or are they learned? Do they exhibit evidence of design and function, or do they emerge from the operation of physical… CONTINUE READING